Eggplant Boat with Cheese
(Peynirli Patlican Kayigi - Marmara Region)
2 medium size eggplant
2-3 garlic cloves, do not peel
1/2 cup feta (white) cheese, crumbled-you may also use Turkish Kashar (Mozzarella or Asiago) cheese
2-3 tbsp parsley, chopped
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Before putting them in the oven, make holes on the eggplants with a fork so that they will soften and roast better. Then place them on an oven tray with the garlic cloves and roast for about 25 minutes on broil. Alternatively, you can barbecue them until softened. Remove garlic cloves from the oven earlier and peel them, they will be roasted quickly.
Place all the filling ingredients in a plate and mix them with fork. Cut and open the eggplants in lengthwise with the tip of the knife. If there is, remove hard seeds. Then fill them equally with the filling.
Have it while it is still warm with the spoon.
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